Thursday, 27 December 2012
27.12.2012 - 27.12.2012
Solid overcast this morning but no rain and a calm sea. The ship is travelling almost due West as we head directly for Sydney across the Tasman Sea. The forecast is for clouds with passing showers so there will be limited photo opportunities.
A light breakfast after a few laps around the promenade deck. I really miss the morning chats with Mr Paul from our March 2012 Asia cruise. I've not found a kindred spirit on this cruise or anyone that shares my morning routine.
Wrote a few lines and responded to some emails then made my way to the Vista Lounge for a demonstration by the Pastry Chef and one of his assistants. Between them they created a dazzling array of miniature fruits and other objects made with marzipan and icing sugar. By the end of the session they had all but filled a large table with delightful delicacies. When invited to come forward to view and taste the hordes descended as if they had never been fed and were soon 5 deep around the table. The only image I captured was an example of their work brought up from the galley.
Lunch in the Buffet on Deck 14 with an Italian theme and a long chat with two of Jenny's "Knit and Natter" ladies. Back to the cabin and the task of commending one or two members of the crew for their excellent service. It is difficult to remember them all and because we have no specific bar or dining table we have not made deep connections. Two of the crew whom we met on the previous cruise have made an effort to engage us and deserve some words of recognition.
A good selection of dishes for dinner but we had to leave before the coffee and deserts. The Captain's Circle Cocktail Party was on at 1900 in the Vista Lounge. Of the 2200 passengers, about 900 were repeat cruisers, of these about 600 were Gold status, 220 Platinum and 80 Elite. Some cocktails and canapés and gifts for the top three frequent cruisers and three drawn from the bucket. Pictures with the Captain and it was all over by 1945.
Stayed to watch Jacques Renay billed as a Tom Jones style vocalist and comedian. His singing was pretty good, his comedy very ordinary.
Up to Deck 14 for a cuppa and I observed some of the splendour of the sunset. Because the ship is heading due West it was only visible from the bow and the camera was down in the cabin on Deck 5. By the time I got down and back up to Deck 15 it was all but over.
Ship's time goes back one hour so we get an extra hour of sleep.
Last full day tomorrow.